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November 11, 2002

Teachers, Students Under More Pressure

A recent survey of 16,200 teachers shows that the change to a five-day week has only added to the pressure on students and teachers. Only 1% of respondents said the change had made education less pressured, while 39% said they don't have enough time to prepare for classes, and only 15% said they were able to rest on weekends. 72% answered that student life has become more hectic and 50% said students have become less focused during class. The survey was carried out in Tokyo, Hokkaido and 17 prefectures by the All Japan Teachers and Staff Union (Zenkyo) during the autumn.

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